Looking in Tech

Everything you need to know about how to find — and keep — your job, plus the latest news on developments impacting the job market.

Daily Tip: Fresh Eyes on Cover Letters, Resumes

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In the early 1960s, NASA scientists reportedly omitted a hyphen from a guidance program uploaded to the Mariner 1 spacecraft, causing the latter to veer off course immediately after launch. Rather than allow the spacecraft to crash-land and possibly kill someone, NASA opted to remotely detonate the craft, arguably making that missing hyphen the most expensive typo in history. Leaving a few typos in your resume and cover letter probably won’t set the U.S. space program back a few years,… continue…

What Allstate Wants in a Tech Pro

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The Allstate Corporation is the third-largest personal lines insurer in the United States, and the largest that is publicly held. Founded in 1931 as part of Sears, Roebuck & Co., it was spun off as a separate entity in 1993. Headquartered in Northbrook, Ill., the company has more than 70,000 employees in over 1,200 offices across the U.S. and Canada. Approximately 3,000 U.S.-based staffers work in the technology space. Click here to find mobile-development positions. According to the Allstate talent… continue…

Interview Qs for Python Newcomers

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Although Python’s popularity continues to soar, recent trainees and junior developers usually need more than a cursory understanding of the language to land their first job. “Managers are looking for people who have thought critically about their tools, instead of accepting them blindly just because they are in style,” said Mark Lutz, a Florida-based trainer and author of several books on Python. Click here to find Python-programming jobs. Answering the “how” questions is always important during an interview, Lutz explained,… continue…

Sample Resume: Senior Information Architect

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Keisha Reynolds 123 Any St. Milwaukee, Wisc. ♦ kreynolds@email.com ♦ 000.555.1212 ♦ LinkedIn ♦ Twitter ♦ IASAprofile Senior Information Architect Leader. Strategist. Designer. Master designer with an enterprise perspective offering more than five years’ of success developing and implementing architectural concepts, strategies, roadmaps, patterns, frameworks, principles and recommended practices. Expert data warehouse designer and configuration manager. Known for spearheading process improvements and architectural techniques involving ERP systems resulting in productivity and profit gains and increased customer satisfaction.  Led the redesign… continue…

Intel’s CEO Thinks 3 Things Limit Your Career

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Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, who took the top post at the chip-maker in 2013, sat down recently with Oregon Live for a wide-ranging interview about his management philosophy and plans for the company. Click here to find IT management jobs. As part of that discussion, he offered some advice for those working their way up the ladder, including what he sees as the three big mistakes people make in their careers: First, they neglect to create a five-year plan. “You have… continue…

Developers, IT Still Racking Up High Salaries

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As part of its continuing exploration of income in the United States, NPR used data from the American Community Survey to create a graph of the 10 most popular jobs in each income bracket. Software development and IT remain common jobs among those in the higher brackets, although not the topmost one. Among those earning between $58,000 and $72,000, IT was the sixth-most-popular job, while software developers came in tenth place. In the next bracket up (earning between $72,000 and… continue…

Best Advice for Startups Is Also Most Obvious

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What’s the secret to succeeding in the startup world? According to serial entrepreneur Justin Kan, the answer is simple: perseverance. Click here to find a tech job at a startup. “If you look at all startup stories, it’s not a straight line… to success,” he told the audience at this year’s Disrupt Europe 2014, according to TechCrunch. Kan should know: It took eight years from the time he founded online-streaming service Justin.tv until the platform’s offshoot, Twitch, sold to Amazon for… continue…

Zen and the Art of Machine Learning

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If there is anything that I have enjoyed about being in software, it is the inexorable change, and emergence of new technologies and opportunities. I am often heard saying, “I love living in the future.” Just looking at the past few years, the advent of virtualization and cloud computing has opened up new job types, areas of expertise and ways to make money or find satisfying employment. One area in particular has emerged recently, a field of mathematics reborn with… continue…

Daily Tip: Keep Your Portfolio in Order

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Most tech pros spend so much time perfecting their resumes and cover letters, it’s easy to forget another vital element in applying for a programming or developer job: an immaculate portfolio of past projects. Every software developer, engineer, and product lead should keep such a portfolio, preferably accessible via a personal website. Even if you don’t have a website, you can offer links to SourceForge, GitHub, or wherever else you keep your projects. Just as you’d take care with every… continue…

AMD’s New Female CEO Paid Less Than Her Predecessor

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Advanced Micro Devices is catching some flak over the salary for new Chief Executive Officer Lisa Su. The company plans on paying Su around $850,000, significantly less than what her predecessor, Rory Read, received during his tenure in the CEO chair. Read had earned roughly $1 million per year since 2011. According to Bloomberg, AMD issued a statement defending the gap: “Rory’s compensation included various incentives common in situations in which a person joins a new company. As a current… continue…